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COVID-19 has shown up at Kennedy despite reduced class sizes.

Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in Kennedy High School

Joel Dillman, Writer January 27, 2021

A student or staff member who was in-person at Kennedy High School last week has tested positive for COVID-19.   An email about the situation was sent to parents and students at 10:09 a.m. on Wednesday,...

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Picture Day During a Pandemic

Jasmine Hite, Writer January 22, 2021

Picture day at Kennedy High School will take place on Feb. 3 and 4, 2021. Picture orders can be purchased through By ordering online, parents will be able to customize the size, quantity...

A suitcase painted with the Found + Formed logo. Courtesy of Found + Formed Instagram.

Cedar Rapids Local Business Takes COVID-19 Precautions

Maggie Talbott-Malone, Writer January 21, 2021

Local businesses are a crucial part of any community. The COVID-19 pandemic created a multitude of new challenges for them. It added a need for innovation and creative solutions that integrate pandemic...

As staff and students return back to the building for the first time since last March, they are asked to maintain the suggested six feet distance as a way to stay safe and sanitary.

Safe, Sound and Sanitized

Jasmine Hite, Writer January 19, 2021

Students and staff have been unable to access the Kennedy High School building since last March due to COVID-19 and the derecho. After extensive building repairs, Kennedy is now prepared to reopen its...

Teachers Adapting to Online

Teachers Adapting to Online

Claire Beaman, Writer January 5, 2021

Cedar Rapids High schools have been forced into remote learning since the beginning of the school year. Due to a rise in COVID-19 cases, middle schools and elementary schools switched to online learning...

Plans Change Again Due to COVID Numbers

Plans Change Again Due to COVID Numbers

Elise Hrabik, Photo Editor December 9, 2020

All classes in the Cedar Rapids Community School District have shifted to required remote learning as of Nov. 12. All extra-curricular activities have been paused. The Cedar Rapids School District now...

Derecho winds caused the roof to fall in around the school.

Derecho Uncovers More Problems

Jordyn Cory and Samuel Miranda November 20, 2020

Repair crews at Kennedy High School found asbestos in room 251 on Oct. 5, halting all arrangements for students and staff to re-enter the building. The repair teams found a material that they thought...

All CRCSD students will be moving to remote learning on Nov. 12 due to the continued threat of COVID-19

CRCSD Returning to Remote Learning

Joel Dillman, Writer November 11, 2020

Students attending in-person classes in the Cedar Rapids Community School District will switch to remote learning Thursday, Nov. 12. This applies to all students regardless of grade level. The return...

Jefferson High School and several other buildings within the CRCSD sustained  heavy damage causing students to move their learning online for this 2020 school year

Jefferson and Washington High School Reopening November 16

Joel Dillman, Writer November 9, 2020

Jefferson and Washington High School will reopen for in-person classes Nov. 16, 2020. This will be the first in-person school day in over seven months for high school students in the Cedar Rapids Community...

Zoey Olson, sr., at show choir dance practice.

Show Choir Under the Lights of COVID-19

Grace Niemuth and Jasmine Hite October 30, 2020

Group choir is one of the most dangerous activities to do during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an article from the Los Angeles Times. The Cedar Rapids Community School District has struggled to find...

Kennedy High School facilities damaged by the Derecho Aug. 10. The gymnasium was hit especially hard.

What’s Going on with Homecoming?

Claire Beaman, Writer October 28, 2020

This year the dance will not be held in October. Is there still a possibility of a homecoming dance this school year? Jason Kline, principal of Kennedy High School, said that it would not be possible...

The Kennedy High School Auditorium under renovations due to extensive damage from the storm.

Restoring Kennedy After Derecho Storm Damage

Elise Hrabik, Photo Editor October 23, 2020

Kennedy High School was hit the hardest of the Cedar Rapids Schools during the derecho this summer. On August 10, 140 mph winds were hurled across parts of Iowa and the surrounding states resulting in...

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